Limit Your Palette

Portugal, 2015
Portugal, 2015

When we go to an all-you-can eat buffet, we overload our plates with too many different types of food. This often leads to indigestion, regret, and an upset stomach.

What if we limited ourselves in the buffet of life?

What if we limited ourselves in terms of our creative palette?

Creative constraints

Vancouver, 2015 #cindyproject
Vancouver, 2015 #cindyproject

I believe in “creative constraints” in photography — that by imposing limits on ourselves, we are forced to over-compensate, and be more creaetive.

So as an assignment, try to limit your palette. If you shoot color, try to only shoot the color red for a week. Or only the color blue. Or only warm colors (red, orange, yellow). Or only cool colors (blue, green, violet).

If you shoot monochrome, only stick to dark and shadows. Or stick to only brightness and light.

Limit your subject-matter. Only photograph old people, young people, or couples.

Limit your gear. Stick to only one camera and one lens for a project.


See what other ‘creative constraints’ you can add in your photography and life, and by limiting your palette— your possibilities become endless.


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